question of the day: Are “slave Leias” and other “sexy” geek costumes feminist and empowering, demeaning and sexist, or something in between?
Today’s question comes via reader Noah, who sent a link to a post at GeekFeminist.org that examines the issue of “‘Geek girls’ and the problem of self-objectification.” The gist of the long post, by Courtney Stoker:
I’ve been researching and thinking about cosplay for a while now, and one of the most distressing trends I’ve been grappling with is how women will choose characters, costumes, or costume constructions based on how “sexy” the costume will appear on them. This is not just a cosplay problem, but a geek problem. And until we start having an intelligent conversation about it (preferably a conversation that starts with the assumption that it is a problem), it’s not one that geek communities will ever be rid of.
(Emphasis in original.)
It’s a long and fascinating post -- and the comments that follow are equally intriguing and diverse -- and there are a lot of advanced antipatriarchy concepts jammed into it (and even into just the brief bits I’ve excerpted). Do read the original post for a better idea of how complicated the subject is.
What is all comes down to is unpacking this conundrum:
Are “slave Leias” and other “sexy” geek costumes feminist and empowering, demeaning and sexist, or something in between?
What do you think?
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